Team Disciplines (Groups)

Team KAOS divides its members into groups referred to as disciplines. Students are permitted to choose which one or more discipline they would like to join. The groups allow the team to increase efficiency by having different students fulfilling different tasks. We eliminate duplicity and ensure that members have something to do at all times. Once a member has joined a discipline, they do have the option of changing into another if they do not feel like the discipline is right for them.
 

Team KAOS’ eight disciplines are displayed below. To view more information over a particular discipline, please click the ‘+‘ to expand, and/or the ‘-‘ to retract. Inside lies the members in the group (click on a member picture for more information), the roles that the discipline has to perform, and supplemental photos.

  • Drive System (Bottom Mech, Chassis)

    Drive System Discipline Roles

    Members in this discipline are in charge of designing concepts, creating prototypes, and then building the perfect drive system. The drive system can also be refereed to as the “chassis” or “bottom mech”, it includes assembling the lower robot frame, gears, chain, belt, CIM’s, motors, and wheels. The group has to design a simple system that is easy to assess and fix in case of any problems and malfunctions.

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    Members

    Joe Valdez

    Joe Valdez

    Jessica Hurtado

    Jessica Hurtado

    Adrian Yado

    Adrian Yado

    Karina Padilla

    Karina Padilla

    Leticia Jimenez

    Leticia Jimenez

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  • Manipulator (Top Mech)

    Manipulator Discipline Roles

    Members in the manipulator discipline, which may also be referred to as “top mech,” are in charge of creating the manipulator that is placed on the upper half of the robot. In this year’s case, the team needed to have a mechanism that lifted the basketballs from the ground, a shooter that would launch the balls into the goals, and a mechanism that would transfer the ball from one manipulator to the other. The group is required to do all design, concept construction, and final mechanisms.

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    Members

    Esteban Martinez

    Esteban Martinez

    Astrid Cavazos

    Astrid Cavazos

    Jacob Lamas

    Jacob Lamas

    Diego Amezquita

    Diego Amezquita

    Justin Bennett

    Justin Bennett

    Robert Carrasco

    Robert Carraso

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  • Electrical

    Electrical Discipline Roles

    Members of the electrical discipline have to assemble all of the wiring that powers and distributed data throughout the robot. This includes downloading all specification manuals, creating a mapped out version of all connections, stripping, spiraling, and soldering all wires, assembling the power distribution board (PDB) with the correct fuses, the digital sidecar, correctly inserting all pulse width modulation (PWM) cables, and placing the battery. The team must definitely ensure that the PDB is not directly mounted to the frame. Electrical components must be assembled correctly in order to avoid shortage, unwanted continuity, the possibility of fire, and damage to electrical components.

    Disciplines
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    Members

    July  Mota

    July Mota

    Karina Padilla

    Karina Padilla

    Esteban Martinez

    Esteban Martinez

    Leticia Jimenez

    Leticia Jimenez

    William Gomez

    William Gomez

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  • Computer Systems (Programming)

    Programming Roles

    Members in the computer systems discipline, which may also be referred to as “programming” are expected to fully create both autonomous and teleoperated programs for the 2012 robot. Students use National Instruments’ LabView to create the code that is downloaded to the cRio II, the “brain” of the robot. Members must learn to implement logic, equations, initialize, implement, close components, and incorporate FIRST’s Visual Instruments (VI’s) to effectively design an autonomously ran program (must run on its own), and a teleoperated program in which the drivers control the robot.

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    Sergio Silva

    Sergio Silva

    Diego Amezquita

    Diego Amezquita

    Danny Esquivel

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  • Pneumatics

    This a Team KAOS first: this year we decided not to use pneumatics. There are many unwanted factors that come along when implementing pneumatics into a robotic system, such as weight, space, and battery consumption. Instead, we have resorted to only using motors and servos.


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  • Safety

    Safety Discipline Roles

    Safety is Team KAOS’ number one priority. Students in the safety discipline are expected to implement new projects and values onto the team to better practice safety. Such projects include creating a battery charging station in which there is no way for the leads to touch, creating a pit for use at competitions that is neat and organized, ensuring that the tool room is always organized and clean, cleaning workshop machines, and constantly promoting safety not only to Team KAOS, but to other FIRST teams.

    Disciplines
    Disciplines
    Disciplines

     

    Jacob Lamas

    Jacob Lamas

    William Gomez

    William Gomez

    Jahira Hernandez

    Jahira Hernandez

    Juan Murillo

    Juan Murillo

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  • Submissions Team (RCA, WFFA)

    Submissions Team Discipline Roles

    The submissions team is in charge of writing the entries for the Regional Chairman’s Award (RCA) and the Woodie Flower’s Award. They also have to create and organize a ten minute presentation for competition and be representatives for the team. In addition, the discipline is in charge of directing the three minute video required for a complete submission of the RCA. Lastly, team also creates the Executive Summary and the Business Plan that is handed to the judges at competition.

     

    Members

    Sergio Silva

    Sergio Silva

    Karina Padilla

    Karina Padilla

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  • Website Team

    Website Discipline Roles

    The website discipline is in charge of creating, completing, and then maintaining the team’s website. Members must gather content, media, information, and resources for other teams to explore. Last year, the team won the Website Award at the Lone Star Regional. This year, we hope to expand to winning at the Dallas West and Lone Star Regionals, and then advance and hopefully win at the Championship level.

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    Members

    Sergio Silva

    Sergio Silva

    Diego Amezquita

    Diego Amezquita